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INTRODUCTION

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AUTHOR’S PREFACE


INTRODUCTION

The doctrine of entire sanctification sustains such an important relation to the perfect salvation that Christ has purchased for the children of men that it cannot be overlooked or neglected without serious loss to the soul. Perhaps there is no essential doctrine of the Bible that is so little understood, and about which so much confusion exists in the minds of many good people, as this one. The design of this book is to throw light upon the subject.

There are very few preachers who have such clear views concerning the doctrine and experience of entire sanctification as has the writer of this book entitled, "Holiness and the Human Element." Most of the confusion and perplexity which has arisen in relation to the experience has been occasioned by a failure to understand the intimate relation existing between the physical, the mental and the spiritual natures with which we are endowed. In analyzing Christian experience in its bearing on this threefold nature, the author has made the clearest of distinctions, and by so doing has cleared away much of the fog and uncertainty that has settled around that phase of the subject. The author has been enabled to show what holiness really does for soul and for body, and has placed the standard just where it is found in the Word of God. If the standard of holiness is raised too high some will be discouraged and give up; if it is set too low some will be inclined to live in sin; hence the importance of having a standard that is neither too high nor too low, such as has been presented by the author of this volume.

I regard this book as a valuable contribution to holiness literature. I have read the manuscript carefully and have been profited and strengthened by its perusal. Part of this work has been printed in the columns of a religious journal, and some who have read it there have expressed a conviction that the articles should be put into permanent form for general circulation.

The book is not only designed to help ministers of the gospel in their work of preparing sermons, but is intended to give every person assistance in building up a stalwart Christian character and attaining to that perfection without which no man shall see the Lord.

I heartily commend this volume to holiness people of all denominations, feeling assured that it will prove to be a means of making them stronger in the divine life and of helping them all heavenward.

REV. J. T. LOGAN.





PREFACE

Some of the reasons for writing the following pages may be of interest to the prospective reader. In our association with the holiness movement we have encountered two extremes in statement: one so thoroughly negatives the human element as to intimate that the life of a holy man will be all but angelic, while the other allows so much for the human that, in some respects, there would be very little difference between the life of the sanctified and that of the sinner.

Again, in our study of the literature of holiness we have noted the fact that, with few exceptions, writers stop short of the practical application of the experience by failing to show how grace does co-exist with human frailties, and by so doing they leave the inquirer to grope his way through the mazes of disturbing elements as best he can. Religious teachers of all classes are too often content to deal with generalities and seldom descend to particulars. But the thing that puzzles the average disciple is to be able always to properly apply general rules to the intricacies of their own daily lives and feelings.

Often in the public utterances of teachers of holiness there is such a confusion of claims and counter claims that we have feared the novice would be placed somewhat in the position of a mariner with a defective compass, or a traveler with a number of disagreeing guides.

We do not claim to have settled all the questions that may arise, neither do we claim to have settled any question to the satisfaction of all. We have just done our best to discover the proper line and to keep to the divine order of things. Others might have done better had they set themselves to the task, but since, as far as we have been able to discover, they have not done so, we trust the reader will accept our effort as well-intentioned, and, to the best of our light, after years of study and observation, as far as we have gone, a true analysis of the heart, feelings and life of holy men who are still living in the flesh and compassed about with human infirmities. We would not knowingly draw the line in such a way as to allow for or excuse evil, neither do we wish to make that man sad whom the Lord approves.

The various sections of the following work were originally published as newspaper articles, and we have made little or no attempt to change or improve them, and bespeak the forbearance of those who would be critical because of either literary deficiency or lack of theological statement. It is experience and not dogmatic accuracy for which we aim. Our attempt is to win the soul not to please the intellect. If we succeed in this, or in assisting towards this end even in the least degree, we shall consider the result well worth our labors.

H. A. BALDWIN.
March 22, 1919